Hi! I'm Petar, software engineer focussed on building simple and resilient {software, companies, life}.

Father of five, avid reader, maker of software with paper and pencil. Still in love with his high-school sweetheart.

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Pondering why I ever agreed to go on that Jeep ride. No one told me we be driving vertically up a mountain...

Background (1982 - )

Born in Croatia, moved to the Netherlands when I was eight. Soon in high-school I found the two loves of my life, computers and my wife.

After high-school I finished the first year of computer-science but was left disappointed. Outdated materials presented with little enthusiasm for the craft.

I decided to make the big switch to Criminology and got my masters in Forensic Criminology. For my thesis I ran sentiment analysis on messages left on a website from a known terrorist organization. Combined those messages with user information I collected with a crawler and I was able to get a profile from its most aggressive users.

Enough playing around, it was time to start my professional life. During my college days I had a job as a web developer and that's where I met Wouter and Joeri. Wasn't long before we decided to start our own web studio. Bread & Pepper (2009) was born.

Each client was a small step upwards. As clients got bigger, savings increased and we allowed ourselves to do fun projects in between client work. Save money, take a week off, save more money, take a month off. Rinse and repeat.

Those weeks and months, where we could build our own stuff, were the most fun we ever had. So much fun that after four years we decided to stop working for clients and start Gibbon (2013).

Gibbon was the way we learned stuff, translated into a website. Public playlists, where everyone could share the stuff they consumed to get better at their craft. We had our ups and our downs. But most importantly, we had fun and got to learn how to hire, do sales and raise investment.

After three years, Gibbon was acquired by Degreed (2016). We had the same vision and they could use more talent to accomplish it. We also learned that we excelled in building a product, but were bad in selling it. Degreed never had that problem.

And that's where I am today. I manage the platform teams on Degreed where we build APIs and do integrations with third party vendors.

Personally

I just love being at home, playing games with my kids or being in the attic behind my computer.

Running is where I get to relax and just listen to the sound of shoes on gravel.

I also love, love, love to read. Mostly non-fiction about history, biographies or books on computing (see books).

Daily Tools

I write, a lot. It’s either in a dotted Moleskine notebook with a Pilot Custom 823 fountain pen or in Ulysses when its digital.

Code I write in either Emacs or Visual Studio (Code) with the help of Vim keybindings. I love programming languages and I have used Go, Erlang, Haskell and C# to get the job done. It’s Rust, Elixir and Clojure however who captured my heart.

I also own many keyboards — still not able to explain that to my wife — and I’m writing this on a Vortex Race 3 with MX clear switches.

Things is what I use to get organized.

My headphones is where I find the quiet. Those are theSony WH1000XM3 and more recently the AirPods Pro.

Thanks for reading so far! I you feel like we should connect, I'm happy to do so on Twitter or on Instagram.